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How to Integrate Natural Lighting Into Your Inspired Living

How to Integrate Natural Lighting Into Your Inspired Living

To highlight the beauty of a space, or even to boost your health and mood, there’s really nothing like natural lighting. See how splendidly these five homes use nature’s generous bounty.

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Awe-Inspiring Openness

These sleek floor-to-ceiling windows give an awe-inspiring openness to this small office. From sunrise to sunset you’ll benefit from the green energy of natural lighting and the quiet rhythms of the outdoors. Forget endlessly slogging through your tasks under fluorescent lights; inspire your work with the vibrancy of nature.

Kitchen Windows

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Abundant Natural Light

This kitchen enjoys an unmatched view of sea and sky, and is bathed in abundant natural light. Windows that reach from ceiling to worktop provide a nearly uninterrupted view as well as plenty of light in which to cook and meal prep. The disinfecting quality of sunlight will certainly be welcome in this space, and your spirits will be buoyed while you work.

outside lighting

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Outside Lighting

Forget bringing the outdoors in, take the indoors out! This stunning courtyard offers privacy from neighbors, plenty of greenery, a comfortable space for relaxing or entertaining, and obviously has natural light in profusion. Carefully consider the location of your outdoor room and choose a spot with indirect lighting, at least for the time of day you plan to use it, and find rest and rejuvenation right outside your door.

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Diffuse the Natural Lighting

If your patio area doesn’t offer much shade or is a rooftop location, a pergola or other light-diffusing structure can provide both privacy and protection from the direct rays of the sun. Enjoy an extended or second living room with some comfortable furniture, and keep the grill nearby for easy entertaining. Planters with flowers or even a tomato plant can take advantage of the natural light while greening up the space – even if it is not at ground level.

corner reading nook

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The Best of Both Worlds

This semi-tropical living space enjoys the very best of both worlds. Open to the outdoors, this room has retractable blinds that can be employed when the weather calls for added protection. In mild weather, trees and greenery diffuse sunlight for a calm, verdant alcove.

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Scandi Farmhouse, Utility Meets Beauty

Scandi Farmhouse, Utility Meets Beauty

In a Scandi farmhouse, you don’t have to sacrifice style in order to have a productive, useful space. These four examples showcase some truly functional, beautiful rooms.

Farmhouse kitchen and loft

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Open Kitchen and Dining Area

This open kitchen-living area exudes a comfortable, practical beauty. You can enjoy rustic charm with a sturdy farmhouse dining table and painted ceiling beams and boards, but add some modern dining chairs and a stylish sofa to keep this nordic farmhouse feeling airy and modern, if eclectic. Beautiful dinnerware is useful as well as decorative in this welcoming, functional room.

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Working Kitchen

Natural materials and natural lighting set the tone for this working kitchen. Wood floors and worktops make the space warm while clean white cabinets and fixtures give a bright airiness to the room. Natural fibers in the rug and baskets fit well with the nordic farmhouse look, and useful dishes and cookware are displayed in open shelves. The large central island works with the oversized modern pendant lights and offers a convenient way to display and store coffee cups, handy for your morning pour over coffee, perhaps?

Scandi Farmhouse Entryway

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Scandi Farmhouse Entryway

This small space doesn’t forfeit either utility or Scandi style. Natural brick and wood bring an earthy feel to the otherwise crisp, white mudroom where a handy bench and painted chairs offer a convenient spot to put on (or remove) outerwear. Arched windows and doors provide natural light and some movement in the square, boxy room. Guests can hang coats and a unique cupboard offers out-of-the-way storage.

Dining Room

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Dining Room Welcome

A warm welcome on a cool, crisp day, this room is just waiting for friends and family to gather. A Scandi style table and linens are eminently functional and the tablescape is beautiful to behold. Stylish dinnerware and an abundance of candles and greenery provide a festive air. An arrangement of pillows and rugs are a comfortable contrast to the stark, rustic floor and the stove doubles as a sideboard where coffee waits to be shared.

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Modern Bedrooms to Inspire

Modern Bedrooms to Inspire

As the room primarily devoted to rest and relaxation, the bedroom might benefit the most from a clean, modern design. Be inspired by four unique modern bedrooms that inspire below.

modern ocean front bedroom

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A Modern Bedroom in the Natural Elements

Natural elements are clearly at home in this modern bedroom. A wood floor and stone fireplace give a grounding effect to the room, but aren’t alone. Air, water, and fire all have their role and provide calming energy to the space. Neutral fabrics and fibers continue the theme of quiet harmony with the world and invite serenity. Relax and rejuvenate while you reestablish your connection with the natural world.

bedroom about lines

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Linear Balance

This modern bedroom is all about lines. From the contrasting definition of parallel floor planks to the integrated lighting, straight, clean lines establish style in this space. Symmetry also plays a part, with long lines framing the primary feature of the room, the bed. Smooth, polished materials in walls, tables, and chair leave room for the soft, tousled contrast of the linens. Retreat from noise and busyness in a place where you can enjoy balance.

lines bedroom

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Monochrome and Muted Neutrals

Monochrome and muted neutrals provide the palette for this lavish room. Black, domed lamps and side tables add a masculine feel and the ample natural light and white bed keep it from feeling heavy. Add a modest work zone if you have the space, or a unique accent chair. A large area rug brings cohesion to the various elements of this room.

corner reading nook

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Mid-Century Modern Room

This modern bedroom enjoys a mid-century vibe with its platform bed and wood toned wardrobe. Hanging bedside lamps are a nice addition for purposes of both style and utility. The lighter wood floor adds a Scandi feel, as does the plush area rug. Don’t feel like you can’t break a few rules; add a touch of interest with creative wall art placement.

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How to Use Pillows to Change Up Your Living Room’s Style 

How to Use Pillows to Change Up Your Living Room’s Style 

How to Use Pillows to Change Up Your Living Room’s Style

Pillows  can change the appearance of a room quickly. With a variety of options to choose from, it’s easy to see why they’re among the biggest selling home décor items. So, here are a few ideas that will transform your living room’s style in a hurry.

Use Pillows To Make a Statement

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Whether you are a fan of Americans or not, the flag-themed pillow in this Swedish apartment is definitely noticeable. This pillow provides a bold statement that matches the decor of the room but can be easily removed if you have guests who disagree with the statement. Add text, photos or more, just don’t overdo it.

Pillows Add a Dash of Colour to a Minimalist Scheme

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There is a lot to be said about neutral colored furnishings. They look great year-round, are easy to match to existing décor, and don’t fade as easily when set in a sunny location. And these bright and textured pillows add some character to the almost monochromatic flavour of the room.

Add Texture with Beautiful Prints

Print Pillow

This room’s minimalism is rather stark, if it’s not offset by the patterned rug and patterned pillow. When you have simple colours and straight geometric designs in your room, a patterned pillow adds some beautiful texture.


What are some ways you love to use pillows in your interior decorating?

6 Couches that Inspire Us

6 Couches that Inspire Us

Read a textbook on the history of home furniture, and you will find that there are legitimate style and historical differences between a sofa and a couch. Talk to an interior designer and you will get a different set of opinions on what to call the items you sit on at home. Sofa or couch, we think that the following living room furniture sets will inspire you in your home decoration.

scandinavian feel living room set

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A Scandinavian Feel Sofa with Chaise

This living room makes you want to pack up and move there. From the open floor plan to the natural woods and lighting, this minimalist space is inspiring in its simplicity as well as its aesthetic taste. While it feels open and minimalist, the large sectional sofa with chaise invites anyone who wants to fling their prostrate form across the couch, or sit politely and discuss the day’s events. Whichever you prefer.

Modern Living ROom

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Mid-Century Modern Couches

The couches here go well with a classic mid-century modern home. From the wood and glass paned door to the shag throw rug, this house would go well in a Mad Men scene. The central coffee table feels a bit more contemporary than the rest of the home and gives it a perfect feel that goes with the look we at North Hem usually look for.

mid-century modern couch

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Mid-Century Modern Couch

Now, a nice contrast to the last picture, this couch and the entire living room has a less open and formal mid-century modern feel and a more close and intimate feel. The couch with the throw pillows is perfect for after dinner drinks with friends. The bay window reading nook in the background is a great way to enjoy a cool summer morning: reading a book.

living room follows all the rules

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A Couch and Living Room that Follows all the Rules

Neutral colours? Check. Geometric patterns? Check. Tasteful art to add texture to the walls? Check. Good use of pillows and blankets? Check.

This couch and living room follows our rules of Scandinavian design quite well.

cozy sectional couch

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Formal Sectional Couch

This sectional couch is both formal and comfortable within its environment. The natural wood coffee and end tables, the marble facade on the fireplace, and the striped rug all lend to an air of formality in this living room. But, the grey couch with the coloured pillows takes away from the stiff formality and makes this room a great place to live.

tufted contemporary couch

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Beautiful Tufted Couch

We round out the couches with a contemporary tufted couch, beautiful in its own right. While it may not fit the aesthetic of many modern Scandi, mid-century modern or Asian fusion designs we normally show, something about this couch inspired us today.

Which of these couches and sofas inspire you?

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4 Exteriors that Make You Feel at Home

4 Exteriors that Make You Feel at Home

What is the view you love the most in your home? For many people, a house becomes a home the moment they walk up the front walk for the first time, coming into their home. The exteriors of a home often make a house a home. Since we love home inspiration, the following are 4 posts we found of a front walk that showcase how an exterior view can make a house your home.

cozy adobe exteriors

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A Cozy Adobe Exterior

While the colour and material of this exterior may be more common in the American desert, this Adobe styled siding fits well with a modern home in much of Australia. The home looks like it fits in any warm climate, while it also promises the perfect temperature home within. The front walk is pleasantly laid out all the way to the well-light entryway. Definitely cozy!

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Modern Exterior

The straight lines, mixed materials on the exterior, and windows and doors are all part of the modern appeal of this house. The wood fence and tree serve to give the home a more lived-in feel than many modern homes get. The wooden door itself plays a bit of a homelike counterpoint to the rest of the homes modern materials and feel. If you like modern houses and are looking for an exterior where it is easy to fill at home, let this design inspire you!

grey neutral colour exterior

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Neutral Grey Home

This home has a minimalist and modern exterior, and the grey colour will go well with almost any exterior. The plants and sloping lawn reduce the severity of the formal lines and warms up the cool colour scheme. While it may not be for everyone, this house is definitely a place that many people would love to call home and enjoy the memory of every walk up to the front door or drive into the garage.

Invited In


Invited Into A Home

This final home blends many of our favorite modern themes with some great photography and lighting to beckon the viewer up the walkway and in the front door. The different shades of the home provide both a welcoming warmth, and a refreshing cool, depending on the viewer’s desires. The landscape frames the home, not interfering but still very present. Finally, the windows offer a peak inside at the comfort the homeowner feels as they sleep and play in rooms that are perfectly lit. Of all the exteriors we found, this one makes you want to feel right at home.

Like Exteriors? Read below for some examples of how to create an outdoor living space!

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